What is anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) surgery?


Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, or ACDF, is a technique in which doctors directly remove the pathology from the front of the spine. That could be a herniated disc or bone spur compressing the spinal cord and spinal nerves. This is one of the most successful surgeries in modern medicine, with greater than 90 percent success in treating nerve compression causing arm symptoms.

Dr. Keolanui G. Chun, MD
Orthopedic Surgeon

A cervical discectomy removes herniated disc material from the cervical spine. In this video, Keola Chun, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Riverside Community Hospital, describes in detail how surgeons perform a cervical discectomy.

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Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a surgery to treat damaged or worn disks in your neck. In this procedure, the surgeon removes the damaged disk, relieves pressure on pinched nerves and fills the empty disk space with bone.

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